Finland huski safari & Northern Lights holiday

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08 Jan 2017
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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Finland huski safari & Northern Lights holiday

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
For the first and last night we stay in comfortable log cabins near Harriniva. During the expedition we stay in simple shared accommodation with maximum 8 persons per room. The accommodation is built entirely from wood and in the wilderness cabins no electricity is used, relying totally on wood-burning stoves to provide heat. This communal style of living and using minimal energy really reduces our environmental impact. Meals are locally sourced wherever possible and menus may include traditional fare like hearty stews, herring with potatoes, meatballs or wild berries with porridge. In the huts, guides prepare the meals and encourage clients to get involved with the process.

Activity:
Our main activity for the week is dogsledding, which is very environmentally friendly in that we leave no permanent ‘footprint’ on the land. Very limited use of cars for transfers helps to sustain the reputation of this area having the cleanest air in Europe - a fact that our local operator is proud to promote. We are careful not to leave litter in our pristine surroundings and even pay attention to light and noise pollution levels. The dogs are taken great care of and clients will get an insight into the schedule of nurture which goes into working with these animals. Although this is a wilderness trip, we do stay at local cabins and there will be opportunities to engage with locals, which encourages positive cultural exchange.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

A Fair Deal:
Our local supplier aims to generate employment and revenue in the Muonio region by working closely with local communities. Local people, companies and services are used to operate the tours. They are paid and treated fairly for their valuable insider’s expertise. Supporting sustainable tourism activities in the area creates alternative career paths for local people and also helps to promote protection of the area against environmental harm. We train our staff in sustainability issues and they are expected to communicate this to clients.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Finland huski safari & Northern Lights holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part of the holiday was how beautiful and peaceful Finland was where we were staying and how peaceful and quiet the sled dogs were once they were working.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Tips for other travellers going on this holiday is to make sure you are reasonably fit before going, and you must be a dog lover.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We were very back to nature and conserved energy within the cabins we stayed in. We used open fires to cook when we were out treking.

4. Any other comments?


The holiday was fantatstic a little disappointing because there was not enough snow to do all the things we should have done but the people were fabulous. 5* Simply the best holiday we have ever been on as a family.

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